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2012 Education Sessions
Here is a sneak preview of our four education sessions for AHR Expo 2012
Our session along with many more free education sessions have being posted on AHR Expo web site
December issue will provide an AHRExpo show preview listing our
advertisers at the show plus provide a free index to anyone in the
Building Automation industry. Please email us information about
what folks will see in Chicago at your booth.
Join us for our 13th consecutive year of providing free education sessions at AHR Expo.
The New Visibility &
Interactions in the Building Automation Industry
9:00 am Monday, January 23th
Speakers - Jim Sinopoli & Ken
“Making the Invisible Visible” is about how we as an industry depict our invisible cornerstones of comfort, energy, and environmental impact? How can we best show what cannot be seen: Temperature, Comfort, Electricity, Performance and their relationship to sustainability, and the necessary information to maintain all. We now have amazing anywhere graphics and the ability to interact dynamically with online social media while morphing our real time data to the world, but have we truly thought about what we will say? Our powerful far reaching real time network connections transport the invisible via the cloud but it is the graphics and their dashboard representations that convert the Invisible to Visible. This is the place where art, science, and communication meet while the world watches. As an industry we have never before had the opportunity to lead, but from our past obscurity we are becoming very visible everywhere. This session will also cover a few Predictions for 2012 plus the new products, innovations and developments since AHR Expo 2011 Las Vegas.
New Open Source Technologies that are Changing the Industry
1:30 pm Monday, January 23th
Speakers - various industry experts
with Ken Sinclair mediating
‘Open’ is a fundamental key word that has driven the BAS industry over the last decade and will continue to drive it in the future. Open standards, open protocols, open architecture and open web are some of the key concepts. This session will explore several open source movements including Project Haystack, Open ADR and others.
Building automation systems have made it fairly easy to collect and control vast quantities of data from our buildings including environmental conditions, equipment operation, and energy usage. However, the reality today is that this data only exists in a low-level, unorganized format, which is difficult to analyze to find patterns, issues and opportunities for improved performance. This session will include an overview of Project Haystack an open source project, which allows anyone to get involved. The OpenADR Alliance "Open Automated Demand Response" was formed to accelerate the development, adoption and compliance of OpenADR standards throughout the energy industry. The Sedona Framework is the industry’s first open source development framework that provides a complete software platform for developing, deploying, integrating, and managing pervasive device applications at the lowest level. How to “open” industry programming languages and other proprietary bits of our industry will also be discussed.
The Tools of Visibility and Interaction
9:30 am Tuesday, January 24th
Speakers - Jim Sinopoli & Ken Sinclair
The marketplace and client needs for BMS systems are changing significantly as buildings and building management are becoming more complex. The pressures are coming from the need for greater visibility and transparency in energy consumption, the introduction of new technologies, and the evolving skill sets and knowledge required of facility personnel. Our real time network connections transport the invisible via the cloud but it is the graphics and their dashboards representations that convert the Invisible to Visible. What are the tools that make this possible? Improved or advanced BMS systems will need to have “middleware” software tools and be able to standardize data from a variety of sources and systems into an open database structure. Come an hear about real life projects and the successful transition from obscurity to visibility.
The Visible Campus – Bringing Sustainable & Energy-Wise Designs to Focus
1:30 pm Tuesday, January 24th
Speakers – David Branson & Ken
Implementing designs with advanced techniques for energy efficiency and resource conservation are only part of the equation – holistic solutions involve continued buy-in from all stakeholders. Regulations and standards have aided in bringing these methodologies into the building construction and finance industries, but a paradigm shift requires the embrace of building occupants and operators. This session will build on our opening session “Making the Invisible Visible”. We will examine current industry attempts to bring stakeholders into the mix, and explore up-and-coming ideas. We’ll discuss how social media may help generate holistic solutions. Come and hear how visible campuses emerge.
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